With Dylan back in the fold (we picked him up two weeks ago) it was time to get out and climb a mountain. The question was where. With three wildfires raging across Idaho it would be hit and miss trying to find a place with minimal smoke.
After talking it over some, we decided to take our chances and head east of Hailey to Devil's Bedsted East (DBE) in the Pioneers. In reading some of the past trip reports it sounded like we would be in for a bit of scrambling. We were not disappointed.
When John, Mariel and I climbed Abel Peak the week before Rainier, DBE was front and center during the drive in. Rather than taking the approach hike from other's trip reports we opted for a shorter route from the Kane Lake trail head.
We arrived at the trail head a little before 9AM - it was 50 degrees and no smoke! After 20 minutes of hiking in the trial we took a sharp left and headed up a steep scree filled couloir.
|Scree filled couloir|
Once on top we found out that we could either continue scrambling up the west ridge or drop down a few hundred feet and tackle the north face. I wanted to continue with the ridge, but the boy talked me out of it. So down we went...
|We dropped down just to the right of the white slide area|
|Scrambling up the last 30 feet|
|Summit shot (with rain jackets!)|
|Dylan scampering for safety|
We slipped our way down the rocks until the sun dried everything out making the descent a bit easier.
Length - ~5 miles
Elevation - 4300 feet
Time to summit - 4 hours
Car to car time - 7 hours